I'm trying hydrangeas in a planter for the first time. Advice?

Mary Johanson
by Mary Johanson
The info card on the plant at the store said that hydrangeas like compact soil and could survive in a planter, so I decided to give it a try. Has anyone done this before? Any tips to keep my hydrangea thriving and beautiful? How do I take care of it in the fall? Thank you!!!
I recently updated my porch and am trying hydrangeas in planters for the first time!
  8 answers
  • Carole Carole on Jul 02, 2014
    Hydrangeas are very thirsty plants and don't like full sun. It can damage the blooms. You also need care if you are going to prune them as some varieties flower on the old woody stems, so if you cut back too hard you won't get flowers the next year. They can grow pretty big. If you have a shady spot in the garden, they might fare better in the ground. The colour will depend on how alkali or acid your soil is - you can add stuff to the soil to get the colour you want - more pink or more blue flowers - depending what you add.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 02, 2014
    I don't know what they mean by compact soil, but Carole is certainly right that most of them don't want full sun and in my experience hydrangeas are about the least drought-tolerant plants out there, so you are really going to have to keep an eye on the watering with them in containers. If the ones you purchased are hardy in your area, I would recommend planting them to an appropriate spot in your garden in the fall.
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    • BONNIE J BONNIE J on Aug 03, 2014
  • Sdraughn Sdraughn on Jul 02, 2014
    Water, water, water...Finally took mine out of container. I would not attempt to have one of the large varieties in a container. Some of them will not bloom on new wood so you can't maintain the size. I have 54 in my wooded garden and love them, but make no mistake....they take work, water and shade except for the "Limelight".
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    • Sdraughn Sdraughn on Aug 02, 2014
      @Andrea C I bought one limelight and have rooted 4 more from that plant. One of the plants has not been in the ground very long and I have noticed that it has shown signs of drought. The rest of them have been in the ground a couple of years and they have shown no signs of stress. Just make sure that your plants get plenty of water this summer and fall and I bet by next year they will be fine. My limelights are in full sun and they show no stress. Remember to cut them back in the fall or early spring. I cut mine back to about 12" from the ground and they are already in full bloom and are about 5 to 6 ft tall.
  • Sheryl Whited Sheryl Whited on Jul 02, 2014
    Water daily and move around so they are not in direct afternoon sun. Check to ensure they do not get root bound their second year. All of mine are,now in the ground and thriving in a semi shaded flower bed.
  • Linda Gorski Linda Gorski on Aug 01, 2014
    I have endless summer and two of them keep getting bigger but don't bloom the others have very few blooms and didn't even start. Looming until recently! We've fed them---- anyone have any Idea why. We live in Amelia a in zone 7. Wood appreciate some advice.
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    • Lorrie B Lorrie B on Sep 14, 2014
      @Douglas Hunt Thank you! I will check that out for next year!
  • Linda Gorski Linda Gorski on Aug 02, 2014
    Douglas Hunt, very little sun.
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    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 03, 2014
      @Linda Gorski In general, hydrangeas like morning sun and afternoon shade. It is unlikely they will ever bloom more than sporadically in a situation where they get very little sun.
  • I have a hydrangeas in a half a barrel and it does fine but you have to water it every day and it does very well in the winter . I put much around it and its good
  • JoAnna Cooper JoAnna Cooper on Sep 15, 2014
    Hydrangeas can start off in containers, but you will have to plant them eventually, they grow too big and they do best if you don't trim them. You wait until next spring when new growth is growing well then you can cut the old dead wood away from them.Hydrangeas are deciduous ( bare in winter). You can change the colors of most blooms by adding aluminum sulfate around the root drip line. These are some of my favorite plants to use because once they are established they are easy to care for